Despite these two cars packing a similar amount of horsepower, there are still some noticeable differences worth discussing.
For instance, the Infiniti Q50 is by no means a direct rival for the E-Class, in the sense that this would have been a somewhat fairer fight if the Infiniti had taken on the C43 instead of the E43.
Yet, both cars have nearly identical engines – twin-turbo V6 units with roughly 400 horses on either side. To be more specific, the Mercedes-AMG E43 packs 401 PS (396 HP) and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft) of torque, while the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport is good for 405 PS (400 HP) and 474 Nm (350 lb-ft).
The numbers are intriguing, which is what led the guys over at The Fast Lane Car to pick up these two models and race them against each other in a straight line, over a shorter distance than a typical 1/4 mile.
On paper, with the help of an all-wheel drive system, the E43 4MATIC (which is what they used in the video) will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds, whereas the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport is just as quick in rear-wheel drive configuration.
As for the conclusion of the drag race, well, it’s actually a little bit complicated. You’ll understand what we mean after you see what happens in the clip.